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    Wilkinson valentines day treat

    I've spent a happy evening staring at my valentine.

    She arrived, as all great ladies should.... in a 4ft cardboard tube and signed Henry Wilkinson!

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    James you have to take it all off of her and show a full frontal photo of the sword.

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    With a beauty like that no wonder you are enamoured!
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    In every respect just your regulation Wilkinson infantry officers sabre from 1881. Battered, bent and in need of care.... just like it's new owner.

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    I didn't know the number when I bought it and I had hoped it might sneak in before the Afghan and Zulu wars but not surprised it was later considering the straight profile grip.

    If I can trace him he may have been involve in Sudan or Burma perhaps, but just as likely he was a rich militia officer who did all his campaigning round the home counties on a weekend!

    I thought the crest would be easier to identify, it seems to be a cock's head, erased, combed and wattled, with mullet. Heath is a possible option.

    Fingers crossed the ledger entry isn't blank.
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    Good luck with the ledger, it should have a name recorded since the sword does have a family crest.

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    Wilkinson proof page is blank? All I can think of is a chicken joke just now. At least you have a star rooster.

    Heath family crest is similar with rooster and stars
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    I'm afraid so, it's foul I know.

    There is a Henry Newport Charles Heath commissioned in 1881 - South Staffordshire regiment who goes on to have a nice little carreer.

    Egyptian War, Nile Expedition (M.I.D), Soudan Frontier Field Force, intelligence officer, served during Boer War, (M.I.D), retired before WW1 but was given a division which he took to France before he died of illness.

    Further research needed to try to pin down this crest.

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    Henry Newport Charles Heath, born (1860 - 1915) Commissioned 1881 into the South Staffordshire regiment was the grandson of 1st Baron John Benjamin Heath (1790 -1879) who used the following crest.

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    Heath was commissioned in 22nd October 1881 although this is a little prior to the date of the sword proof 25th November 1881 that by no means rules him out.
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    That surely looks like a good match. I agree a good career to go with it.

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    A worthy Valentine's Day treat!

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    Oh, I was going to suggest Colonel Sanders.

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    These are all better than my jokes about a sad looking old cock.

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    Appears to be a sharp stiff one.

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